Complete coverage of Foot Locker Regional meets leading up to Foot Locker Nationals on 12/14/13. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
Not much else can added to what has already been said and written about Caroline Alcorta's 2013 cross country season. She described it best at the state meet as "amazing". The West Springfield senior will look to put the cherry on top of an incredible past several months of performances and compete with the leaders and individual race contenders on Saturday in the championship girls' race at the 2013 Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. Alcorta took the time to be interviewed by MileStat.com this past week before she departed off to the West Coast.
Louis Colson of Thomas Edison was the state's undisputed best runner among boys for the entire cross country season and will look to continue to carry that banner into the Foot Locker Nationals race in San Diego this Saturday and compete for All-American honors.
Brent Demarest talks about choosing to attend University of Virginia and other colleges he considered.
The William & Mary recruit Breidenbaugh had already been ready to race this late Into the post-season of cross country competing at the USATF National Junior Olympics this coming weekend, but now she will be traveling further west on her flight on Thursday as instead of stopping in San Antonio, Breidenbaugh will keep on going until she gets to Balboa Park in San Diego. MileStat.com interviewed the Trinity Episcopal senior Molly Breidenbaugh before she competes in her first Foot Locker Nationals race.
The Foot Locker regional system remains very strong in some states, but shows signs of declining strength in others. Here is a closer look at the numbers.
The Lake Braddock program has had many outstanding individual girls' distance runners over the years and add Hannah Christen right there among the best to ever wear the purple and gold for the Lady Bruins.
All season long, Mackenzie Haight of George C. Marshall had to take defeat after defeat at the hands of Louis Colson. A total of 9 races to be exact that Haight raced against the state's best high school cross country runner this fall in Colson and every time Haight was denied victory. Two weeks ago at the Foot Locker South Regional, Haight once again finished behind Colson again but this time finished much closer to him than any race this season easily with only a one second buffer between the two as both punched tickets to nationals with top 10 finishes and sub 15 minute races. Haight might not have enjoyed as many victories as he would have liked this season despite competing a consistently high level and running great times all season long with Colson in his way, but will get to experience and enjoy something that many other runners in the state who may have had more wins this season wish and envy that they could be part of on Saturday.
Porter Gaud's Brent Demarest has committed to the University of Virginia, his coach told scrunners.com tonight.
Interview with Lake Braddock senior Katy Kunc prior to racing at the Foot Locker Nationals this Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego. In only her second year of running cross country, Kunc made remarkable improvements after an incredible first year of running in cross country and track coming over as a soccer and basketball player in her first two years of high school.
Now that the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional is in the books, our stats guru Ricky Quintana takes a look at the results and winners from a historical perspective.
Knoxville Youth Athletics wrapped up Thanksgiving weekend by making the annual trip to Charlotte, NC for the Footlocker Cross Country South Regional. Over 2800 athletes participated in the meet with 75 of our athletes prepared to compete with many wrapping up their season with one final race. The clear highlight beside the huge amount of PR’s and All-South honors (top 30) was the Seeded Boys race. With only 10 spots for the plane to San Diego and the Footlocker National Championship on the line in two weeks, Aaron Templeton showed he was ready to not only make a return trip but ready to compete for the title.
A list of the top 50 fastest Virginia high school girls 5K times from this past cross country season. Many times on this list were achieved this past weekend at either the Foot Locker South Regional or Nike Cross Southeast Regional as elite competition on a fast course at the end of the season always produces many fast times across the board.
Templeton ripped through the McAlpine Park course in 14:36! Alcorta blew the doors off Foot Locker South! So much more inside, come check it all out!!
Oh, what a day!!!! Saturday saw the record books worked over by the ladies of Kentucky.
Powered by three individual qualifiers, North Carolina claimed the win in the seeded boys race at Foot Locker South.
Amelia Paladino Qualifies for 2nd Trip to Foot Locker National Finals!
Interview with Gabby Karas after finishing 4th at Foot Locker South
Race Video from North Carolina
Top 20 Finishers from Foot Locker South
Keeping it's streak alive, Florida will send two runners to Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, California. Both Tyler Bennett of Fort Myers and Karen Xiang of Nease ended their senior seasons on a high note, both setting new personal bests. Bennett was 20th at last year's Foot Locker South Regional and improved on that performance with a 7th place showing and time of 14:52.00. For Xiang, a University of Pennsylvania committment, she snuck in with the tenth and final spot and a time of 17:20.00. As always, MileSplit was on hand will full coverage including results, photos, race video, and interviews with a majority of the top ten!
A total of 6 Virginians qualified for the 2013 Foot Locker Nationals via top 10 finishes in the seeded race at the South Regional on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta led the performances of the half dozen national qualifiers as she led from wire-to-wire in the girls' race to become only the third sub 17 minute 5K runner in the state history with a 16:55 victory at the South Regional.
CHARLOTTE - Brent Demarest qualified for his second Foot Locker Nationals with an eighth place finish at Foot Locker South on the course of McAlpine Park.
Natalie Rathjen places 3rd and Devin Clark places 7th to qualify for the Footlocker National meet in San Diego which features the best high schoolers in the Nation.
Top 136 Girls from Foot Locker South
Kentucky State XC Record Holder Gabby Karas finished 4th at Foot Locker South to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego.
Get the first reporting of all the postseason action on North Carolina soil, right here all day. (photo by Brandon Miles)
Ian finished 3rd at the Footlocker South Regional with a time of 14:49.
Caroline won the Footlocker South Regional with a time of 16:55.
Ben finished 2nd at Footlocker South win a new PR of 14:44.
Karen finished 10th to qualify for Footlocker Nationals with a big PR of 17:20.
Devin finished 7th at Footlocker South, feeling sick, with a time of 17:18.
Frank finished 9th at Footlocker South with a new PR of 14:53.
Hannah finished 5th clocking a time of 17:15 at Footlocker South.
Ben had a new PR of 14:51 at Footlocker South with a 6th place finish.
Brent booked his second trip to Footlocker Nationals with an 8th place finish with a time of 14:53.
MileStat.com's predictions for Virginians at the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional. We are confident in projecting three girls to San Diego in Caroline Alcorta, Hannah Christen, and Allie Klimkiewicz along with one boys qualifier in Louis Colson. The two that we feel are 50/50 up in the air on their chances to make it to nationals via top 10 finishes in the seeded race are Lake Braddock senior Katy Kunc in the girls' race and 6A state champion Jack Stoney of Oakton in the boys' race.
While most of North Carolina's top runners have opted for McAlpine, a few teams and individuals will head to WakeMed.
With 32 girls under 18:00 minutes for the season, the 10 qualifying spots will be up for grabs Saturday in the 34th running of the Foot Locker South Regional meet.